With completion of the sixth race of the Sonar world championship, the one throw-out came into play and moved Dave Franzel of Boston into the slimmest of leads over Jud Smith of Marblehead, Mass.
The two were tied at 26 points, but Franzel’s first place in the third race gave him the lead on the tiebreak going into the final races.
The 57-boat fleet floated around in a typical Long Island Sound calm for nearly four hours before race committee chairman Mark Murphy was able to set a line and get the fleet away in a light south westerly. The east-going ebb had begun and the weather leg was directly uptide. As the wind faded, it was obvious no boat was going to make it to the first mark before the 45-minute time limit. So the score was unchanged and Franzel became the 2009 Sonar world champion with his crew of Greg Anthony, Todd Cooper and Conor Hayes.
Karl Ziegler of Rowayton, Conn., finished third, with Noroton Yacht Club’s Peter Galloway taking fourth.
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This article originally appeared in the Connecticut & New York Home Waters Section of the December 2009 issue.